[uh-sis-tuh nt-ship]


a form of financial aid awarded to a student studying for a graduate degree at a college or university in which the student assists a professor, usually in academic or laboratory work.

Nearby words

  1. assistance,
  2. assistance dog,
  3. assistant,
  4. assistant professor,
  5. assistant referee,
  6. assisted dying,
  7. assisted living,
  8. assisted reproduction,
  9. assisted respiration,
  10. assisted suicide

Origin of assistantship

First recorded in 1690–1700; assistant + -ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for assistantship

  • The word came hard as though the fact of an assistantship were at the least distasteful.

    Where I Wasn't Going|Walt Richmond
  • I am offered a lectureship here with an ample salary, or an assistantship on equal terms, by Trent.

    The Doctor|Ralph Connor
  • He had already been almost promised an assistantship to the head of the Educational District.

    The Created Legend|Feodor Sologub